993.1337.1: Sanborn Metabulator, c. 1950

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993.1337.1: Sanborn Metabulator.
Image No. 3763 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

A Sanborn Metabulator, model 10, serial number 1845, volts 115, cycles 60, amps 0.5 with an inbuilt recording compartment with paper roll to print paper chart, a barometer and thermometer dial, a carbon dioxide absorption chamber filled with soda lime granules and an oxygen gas cylinder B.P. Oxygen. The metabulator is on casters making it easily portable, with a protective hood cover. A right-hand side door opens to reveal the oxygen tank and a storage area which contains a scoop tool, a jar holder and a lever tool. An engraved metal plaque attached to the metabulator reads MADE FOR S. KATHLEEN GRAHAM M.D. BY SANBORN COMPANY CAMBRIDGE. MASS. U.S.A..

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.1337.1
Collection: Diagnostic, Clinical
Date: c. 1950

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 65 cm
  • Height: 89 cm
  • Width: 33.2 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Metabulator and oxygen cylinder
  • b) Cover
  • c) Appointment cards x 20
  • d) Business reply card - Sanborn Company
  • e) Wrapper encircling appointment cards
  • f) Scoop tool
  • g) Jar holder
  • h) Lever tool

Object Materials

  • canvas,
  • card,
  • chrome plate,
  • copper alloy,
  • glass,
  • mahogany,
  • metal,
  • paper,
  • plastic,
  • printing ink,
  • rubber,
  • steel,
  • varnish,
  • wool felt

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Sanborn Company (CSA APP. No.8094)
  • History of Use: Used to determine metabolic rate before era of thyroid function tests. This is a medical device that measures oxygen consumption in order to determine Basal Metabolic Rate.